I’ll admit it: demanding internationality is easy. On the other hand, consistently implementing it in an organisation like MANN+HUMMEL is anything but easy. It is a real challenge which we are setting ourselves, successfully in my opinion.
Global development at 15 locations
When I write “we”, I am referring to over 900 employees in R&D, who are divided between roughly 15 development locations around the world. It is vitally important that all of these locations are connected in a global development network. This means that we work with the same standards, databases, CAD systems, test equipment and project management systems everywhere. We can only develop on a global scale with this common work platform and globally binding rules and processes. If a customer wants us to, we can work on a project in China, Europe and North America at the same time. This distinguishes us from many competitors and, following our vision, makes MANN+HUMMEL a leader in filtration. There are many companies which are able to compete with us in individual markets, but there are very few providers who can deal with global development projects as professionally as us.
International through innovation
Of course, this is no end in itself, but rather a part of our growth strategy in the emerging markets in Asia and the Americas. Already today we are developing there on a large scale. In the future, we will expand our presence in the regions in which our customers are active. Another important reason for the globalisation of development is ‘acceleration‘. The automotive industry is one of the most innovative sectors in the world. As a supplier, we have to give it our all in order to keep up: we have to constantly improve our products and find innovative solutions for existing systems, not to mention entirely new solutions as well. To do so, we can make good use of all the expertise and creativity we have around the world!
The more globally we develop, the more important it becomes to adhere to common standards. Therefore we have created a development landscape which looks exactly the same in Ludwigsburg as it does in Indaiatuba and Shanghai: We use the same systems and tools everywhere and we access the same data pool. Even the test benches are checked, calibrated and adjusted to ensure that a measurement in Brazil produces the same result as in China or Germany.
We have already achieved a lot by doing this – but there’s still a long way to go! We are getting to grips with it and will further expand our development skills in the regions of high growth whilst continuing to grow at the same time. We will also continue to do our best and encourage technical development with regard to innovation – in terms of our customers and the environment. For example, we too are contributing to reducing CO2 emissions with our products. But that is another story …’